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Man and 11-year-old Child Threatened at Gunpoint, 3 Arrested

Apr 23, 2015 10:14AM ● Published by Kevin

Photo courtesy of Concord Police Department

On Friday, April 10, 2015 at approximately 11:20 PM officers from the Concord Police Department responded to Thorndike St. for a report of an armed robbery. The victim reported that a man had entered his residence and pointed a gun at him and his 11-year-old son.

Police later learned that one male subject, who the victim was familiar with, had been allowed into the apartment. Moments later, a second male subject entered the apartment armed with a handgun. Police believe the two subjects were working together to commit the robbery. 

Police believed that this incident was not random, that the victim was targeted for this robbery. Neither the adult male nor the 11-year-old boy sustained any injuries as a result of this incident. 

John Henry Cowdrey, 48 of Concord

Detectives investigating the incident developed probable cause to conduct a search of the apartment on Thorndike St. On Tuesday, April 14, Concord Police Detectives executed the search warrant at the address finding quantities of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana within the apartment. Detectives also found other evidence to suggest that drugs were being sold from that apartment. 

Detectives arrested the resident, John Henry Cowdrey, 48 of Concord, on scene for the following crimes: 

  • Possession of controlled drugs x4 (fel b) rsa 318:b2
  • Possession with intent to sell x3 (fel b) rsa 318:b2
  • Possession of controlled drug (mis) rsa 318:b2
  • Endangering welfare of child/incompetent (mis a) rsa 639:3 

The 11-year-old boy was at school at the time of the search warrant and was later turned over to other family. Cowdrey refused bail and was transported to the Merrimack County Jail & House of Corrections to await arraignment. 

Randy Alcantara, 39 of Derry

Simultaneous to this, detectives developed probable cause to arrest, Randy Alcantara, 39 of Derry, for his alleged role in the robbery. Alcantara is believed to be the first male subject to enter into the Thorndike Street apartment. A warrant was issued for his arrest on April 14th for the following offenses:

  • Conspiracy to commit (robbery) (fel a) rsa 629:3/636:1
  • Criminal restraint (fel b) rsa 633:2
  • Criminal liability (fel a) rsa 626:8 

On April 16, 2015 at approximately 0200 Londonderry Police arrested Alcantara on Concord PD’s warrant during a traffic stop. He was turned over to Concord Police where he was processed and ordered held on $15,000 cash bail. He was transported to the Merrimack County Jail & House of Corrections and Jail to await arraignment.

Later on April 16, Concord detectives developed probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for the second subject involved in the robbery. He is believed to be the second male subject who later entered the Thorndike Street apartment with a gun. He is identified as, Nathan P. Lemire, 31 of Manchester, for the following offenses,

  • Criminal threatening (rsa 634:2 felony)
  • Criminal threatening (rsa 634:2 felony)
  • Robbery (rsa 636:1 felony)    
Nathan P. Lemire, 31 of Manchester

At approximately 4:00PM on April 16 Manchester Police arrested Lemire at his residence on High St. in Manchester without incident. Lemire was turned over to Concord Police detectives and later refused bail. He was transported to the Merrimack County House of Corrections and Jail to await arraignment.

Concord PD would like to thank the Manchester Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Derry Police Department, the Londonderry Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police (Troop D) for their assistance with this investigation.

Police are asking the public to please call them or the Concord Regional Crimeline (603-226-3100) if they have any information about this incident.

Man Enters Woman's Home Uninvited

James A. Gagne, 21, Concord

On April 2, 2015 at approximately 10:15 AM officers from the Concord Police Department arrested, James A. Gagne, 21 of Concord, for the following crimes:

  • Burglary (RSA 635:1 Class A Fel)
  • Possession of Controlled Drugs x2 (RSA 318-B:2,1 Class B Fel)

On 4/02/15 at approximately 1014 I responded to the area of Fairfield Dr. for the report of a woman who had woken up to find an unknown male inside her home.  Upon finding the male, the woman told him to leave and he did.

Upon arrival, the woman reported that she had woken up to find a male subject standing in her bedroom.  She said that the male subject told her his name was James and that he was going door to door looking for work.  He allegedly told the woman that he had found her door open and entered the home to “check her welfare”. The woman described the suspect as a white male in his early twenties, wearing a black baseball cap, and black sweatshirt with pink lettering.

After the male subject left the home, the woman discovered her purse lying on the floor next to the door of her bedroom where the subject had been standing.  The woman reported that that a quantity of cash and a debit card were missing from the purse.

An officer conducting a check of the area observed a male subject fitting the suspect’s description near 85 Manchester Street.  The officer detained the subject and identified him as James Gagne (age 21). Gagne was wearing a black sweatshirt with pink lettering, as described by the victim. A short time later the female victim was able to positively identify Gagne as the person who had entered her home.

Gagne was booked at Concord PD, refused bail and was transported to the Merrimack County House of Corrections. Shortly after arrival at the Merrimack County House of Corrections, Gagne was searched. During this search a small bag containing a white powdery substance and a clear rock-shaped object were found in his possession. The bag containing the powdery substance was identified as heroin and the small clear rock was identified as cocaine. 

Gagne will be arraigned this morning, April 3, 2015 at the 6th Circuit – District Division – Concord (Concord District Court).

As a result of this arrest the Concord Police executed multiple searches at 4 separate locations in both Concord and Loudon. A quantity of evidence was recovered related to this and other burglaries and thefts which have occurred on Manchester Street, Spruce Street and Mountain Road. Additional charges are forthcoming.

Based on witness statements, it is suspected that Gagne had a practice of going door-to-door asking for work. It is suspected that he would steal property from homeowners when the opportunity arose.

Police are asking the public to please call them or the Concord Regional Crimeline (603-226-3100) if they have any information about these alleged crimes.    

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